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Numeric Arguments

All emacs commands can take a numerical argument. For instance, to kill 5 lines you can do M-5 C-k or C-u 5 C-k. If no number follows C-u then a default numerical argument of 4 is used. Where it makes sense, negative numerical arguments are accepted. Some commands don't interpret the numerical argument as a request for repetion but as a flag to modify behaviour. E.g. C-<Space> sets a mark whereas C-u C-<Space> goes back through previous marks.